Primer for a Failed Superpower


The TEAM

Primer for a Failed Superpower is a theatrical concert event inspired by the 1980s hardcore punk scene. It will feature a new band of 30-somethings (the TEAM), a teenage ensemble (ages 13-18, sourced wherever the work tours), multimedia and narrative  elements—all in pursuit of the following questions: Is America a failing superpower? How does a teenager, and a teenage nation, grow up? The defining geopolitical moment of the artists’ childhoods was the fall of the Berlin Wall. For the next generation, who many of the TEAM teach, their formative moment was September 11th.Primer is about preparing our minds for a shifting national identity, through conversations with the next generation, and a love letter to our future children about growing up in the 1980s.

  • Artists

    The TEAM

    The TEAM is a Brooklyn-based ensemble whose mission is to create new work about the experience of living in America today. Their work crashes America…

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    Jessica Almasy

    Jessica Almasy is a jungle cat slash otter, now writing: PLAYSXIXprone; BOOKSThis is My Young Adult N…

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    Rachel Chavkin

    Rachel Chavkin is two-time Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk nominated director, educator and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM, for whom sh…

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    Matt Hubbs

    Matt Hubbs is the resident designer with the TEAM. He also recently designed 100 Saints You Should Know at Playwrights Horizons. A…

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    Libby King

    Libby King recently won Best Female Performance at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2007 for the role of Sarah Springer in the TEAM’s Partic…

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  • Events

    Apr 16 – May 10, 2015
    Complex Movements presents "Beware of the Dandelions" at On The Boards in Seattle



    Mar 12 – Mar 14, 2015
    Michelle Ellsworth performs her Creative Capital Project "Clytigation," version #3, at On The Boards in Seattle



    Jan 09 – Feb 01, 2015
    Richard Maxwell and Miwa Matreyek perform in the Walker Art Center's Out There Festival in Minneapolis



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  • News

    November 7, 2014
    Project Premiere: Dohee Lee's "MAGO" at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco



    October 1, 2014
    Project Premiere: Shrimp Boat Projects Organizes Inaugural Buffalo Bayou Shrimp Festival in Houston, TX



    August 21, 2014
    Project Premiere: Taylor Ho Bynum Embarks on Acoustic Bicycle Tour of the West Coast



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